'''James Fenimore Cooper''' (September 15, 1789 – September 15, 1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century.
His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature
. He lived most of his life in Cooperstown, New York
, which was founded by his father William on property that he owned. Cooper was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church (United States)|Episcopal Church
and, in his later years, contributed generously to it.
[#Phillips|Phillips, 1913, pp. 6–7]
He attended Yale University
for three years, where he was a member of the Linonian Society
, but was expelled for misbehavior.
[#Lounsbury|Lounsbury, 1883, pp. 7–8]
Before embarking on his career as a writer, he served in the U.S. Navy
as a midshipman
, which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings. The novel...